Ahem. Apparently more than 8,000 parents gave their lovely little infants “Twilight” names last year. Yep, they’re naming their progeny after characters in Stephanie Meyer’s vampire series. Bella is suddenly the 58th most popular baby girl name in the nation – higher even than Miley (don’t get us started). Cullen is in the top 300, a ranking the name hasn’t held in a century. And there’s a sudden slew of Jaspers, Alices and Emmetts too, according to Social Security Administration stats.
None of this is terribly unusual, says Laura Wattenberg, founder of BabyNameWizard.com. The 1960s and early ’70s saw a sudden rise in the popularity of “Bewitched” names – hello, Tabitha! And there are a bunch of Buffys and Pipers running around today. But, says Watternberg, “If you want the really hard-core ‘Twilight’ fans who were really inspired by the book and not just the name, there were 17 baby girls last year named Renesme (pronounced Ruh-NEZ-may). That’s not a name that you say, ‘Oh, yeah, I’ve always liked that name.'”
Renesme?? Seriously? OK, take the poll and tell us what you think.